The Waldoboro Fire Department has been working feverishly for nearly two years to organize an event they hope will show their gratitude to the community.

The 175th Anniversary Celebration will take place Aug. 9-11, near the Miller School  and adjacent recreation complex.

"The goal of the fire department was to use no taxpayer money to put on the event," said Assistant Fire Chief Bill Maxwell March 13.

The only charge to attendees will be for food and rides at the Smokey's Greater Shows carnival.

"We've raised all the money to put on the celebration through almost two years of fundraising," Maxwell said. "This is our thank you to the community for years of support," he said. "This event is for you."

"The entire department has stepped up to pull this off," Maxwell said, "Businesses have had in store fundraisers and we've had private donations."

The celebration will kick off Aug. 9 with a memorial service at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Miss Water Witch Male Beauty Pageant at 6:30 p.m.

"The pageant is meant to be tactful and fun," Maxwell said. "We will crown the first and only Miss Water Witch."

The Water Witch was the name of the very first piece of firefighting equipment the town of Waldoboro purchased in the early 1800s. It was known as a hand tub, as there were no engines at that time. The tub came from Boston.

"We challenge other area fire departments to enter a contestant in the pageant," Maxwell said. There will be a tiara presented to the winner and runner-up.

Following the pageant, there will be a free concert put on by the country rock band, Bad Penny.

"This band has participated in three fundraisers for this event," Maxwell said. "The first event was a dance we held in November and they didn't charge us to perform," he said.

On Aug. 10, there will be a 10K road race and a parade. All details and registration forms are online at

Following the parade, the Jefferson Fire Department will put on a chicken barbeque from 4 to 7 p.m. There will also be horse-drawn covered wagon rides, put on by Meadow Creek Farm, running from the rec facility to the VFW Hall on Mill Street and back.

At 8 p.m., Motor Booty Affair, a local retro band, will perform a free concert for the public.

On Aug. 11, the day will kick off with a free concert at 2 p.m. by Rick Charette and the Bubble Gum Band, followed by the singing fireman "Fireman Fred" at 4 p.m. on stage.

From 4-7 p.m., the Union Fire Department will host a pig roast for a minimal fee, followed by a free concert by Emerald Sky, a southern rock band.

The grand finale will be a huge fireworks display at 9 p.m.

A history of the Waldoboro Fire Department will be commemorated in a book, featuring articles, photos, roll calls, and membership.

"So far we've gathered 365 names over the 175-year history," Maxwell said.

Assisting him with this project is resident Jean Lawrence.

"We plan to have the books ready for Waldoboro Days, which is June 15-16," Maxwell said.

All Waldoboro residents will be mailed a coupon for one free book, with additional copies available for $5.

There is no cover charge for any of the events. A shuttle service will be available for transportation to satellite parking lots.

All times are subject to change. Further information is available at

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext 125 or by email at